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Social media: One thing you can count on is change.

Social media is changing at a rapid rate. As platforms make adjustments and improvements to provide a better experience for both users and advertisers, marketers need to stay on top of what’s changing. We’ve compiled a list of the major changes that have happened in the last few weeks. But beware, these changes will quickly become history as new improvements will take their place.

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The F8 conference in April offered some great insight into the company as a whole, and its future roadmap. It’s been a busy 2016 already for Facebook. Between Instant Articles, Facebook Live and Messenger, there have been significa nt product updates and announcements in the past several weeks.

Messenger Usernames, Links and Greetings: Making it Easy for People to Find and Contact Your Business on Facebook and Messenger

Branded Content Tool: Gives marketers access to high-level post insights and boosting abilities when tagged in a branded content post

Facebook Live Updates: New ways to create, share and discover live video on Facebook

Marketers should take note of the Branded Content Tool and new partnership with Nielsen, comScore and Integral Ad Science. The integrity of Facebook click data has long been a point of contention with some marketers who don’t see their click data corresponding with web analytics providers. Any added transparency is, of course, welcome.

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The folks at Twitter just aren’t having a great time of it. After recent management shakeups and a less-than-desirably quarterly earnings report, Twitter will be under a lot of pressure to make its offerings more attractive to both users and marketers.

On the order of ‘new and improved’ there isn’t much to report. A few minor changes to abilities in private messages and image accessibility won’t get the attention of an investor audience that is eager to punish the company for its slow growth.

Twitter Stock Plunges After Revenues Miss Estimates

An easier way to share Tweets privately

Accessible images for everyone

 

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This month, talks of content algorithms, click-throughs and longer video content have been a friendly reminder that Instagram has a parent company – Facebook. Small but meaningful updates and announcements to its free social network are more steps towards creating a profitable business.

 

The Ad Overlay: Helps ensure ads send high-quality traffic to brands’ websites

Video Updates: Giving users the ability to share up to 60 second videos and create videos out of multiple clips from your camera roll on iOS

Announcing Instagram’s content algorithm: feeds to show the moments users care about the most first—and that includes content shared from businesses

 

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Since they acquired/merged with Lynda.com in 2015, LinkedIN is dialing up its co-marketing efforts with the content provider. As a marketer on LinkedIN, it would be wise to align with LinkedIN’s newly augmented interest in career development. As the professional network of choice, it only makes sense that LinkedIN has an interest in professional development content. Their investment in the new Students app and co-marketing efforts with Lynda.com are highly indicative of their future plans.

Introducing the LinkedIn Students App: Helping Soon-to-Be College Graduates Conquer Their Job Search

Start Your Journey: Lynda. com Introduces Learning Paths To Help You Stay Ahead

 

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Remember when the world was new and made of butterflies and rainbows? You’ll be reminded of that unicorn-esque feeling when you read anything from Snapchat. If you have yet to lose  hours of your week in collective Face Swaps or other filter entertainment, read up on the latest from Snapchat.

Snapchat Unveils Chat 2.0

 

And if you have any interest in growing an audience here, we suggest you do so before Snapchat gets gobbled by an investor-driven company that’s interested in making money. Long may the party continue…

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